"For all those involved, I'm so horribly sorry that this was like a match that turned into a forest fire out of control", Nassar said in a MI courtroom while entering his plea.
Recently, members of the "Fierce Five", including Aly Raisman and McKayla Maroney, who took team gold at the 2012 Olympics, accused Nassar of sexual misconduct in his role as the USA Gymnastics doctor. I want this community to heal. "I have no animosity toward anyone. We need to move forward in a sense of growth and healing and I pray (for) that".
The Olympic gold medalist began, "First, I want to reiterate my apology for responding the way that I did to a comment that one of my teammates post".More news: Three Coffees a Day Brings More Health than Harm, According to Study
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Judge Rosemarie Aquilina said Nassar said sexual abuse was a nationwide 'epidemic'.
"I know that no matter what you wear, it NEVER gives anyone the right to harass or abuse you", she said. You violated the oath that you took, which is to do no harm, and you harmed them selfishly. "It would be like saying that because of the leotards we wore, it was our fault that we were abused by Larry Nassar".
Raisman tweeted in reaction to the hearing that she was "disgusted" the court referred to Nassar as a "doctor". "Larry is digusting. Larry is a MONSTER not a doctor", she wrote. The Detroit News reported that he is expected to plead guilty to first-degree criminal sexual conduct charges he assaulted girls during treatment. He is also awaiting sentencing after pleading guilty to federal child pornography charges in July, in which he targeted victims as young as six years old.